It has been a hectic schedule for Manchester United and they are going to play their sixth match in 19 days. This time, it is a crucial European tie against Russian side CSKA Moscow.
Manchester United have already started their Champions League journey on a winning note, crushing FC Basel at home (3-0 win). CSKA Moscow also got three points from their first match, winning it narrowly (2-1) against Benfica. Naturally, both sides’ confidence will be high ahead of this important encounter.
Last time they met:
Interestingly, last time Manchester United took part in the Champions League, they were drawn with CSKA Moscow in the same group only. Louis Van Gaal’s side could collect only one point from the trip to Russia, a game where Anthony Martial scored the equalizer in the second half after Seydou Doumbia gave CSKA an early lead. In the reverse leg at Old Trafford, the Red Devils won by the narrowest of margins, thanks to the solitary goal from Wayne Rooney.
CSKA Moscow will be without midfielder Aleksandr Makarov who has an ankle problem. In addition, chances are high that Figueira Mario Fernandes will be unavailable due to concussion. Manager
Jose Mourinho has a lot of concerns at the moment, especially at the midfield. Paul Pogba remains sidelined due to the hamstring injury, while Marouane Fellaini will be out due to an ankle problem following his collision with Shane Long in the last game against Southampton. In defense, Marcos Rojo is not yet fit and reports suggest that Antonio Valencia did not travel to Moscow as well. Phil Jones is also suspended for this fixture. However, Eric Bailly has completed his three-match ban and is expected to return to the squad to partner Chris Smalling. Victor Lindelof will be likely to start from the bench.
Here is the probable starting eleven for Manchester United.
CSKA Moscow win – 17/4
Draw – 13/5
Manchester United win – 4/6
The match will kick off at 7:45pm local time (1:45pm CDT, next day 12:15am IST) and will be played at VEB Arena of Moscow. In India, it will be telecast live on Sony Ten 1. BT Sport 1 will broadcast the game in the UK. For live streaming links, please send us a message to our official Facebook page.